Architect hired for expansion of Clayton school

: Wednesday, July 12, 2007

By Stephanie Brown, Gloucester County Times

CLAYTON A Mount Laurel-based architectural firm has been appointed by the board of education to prepare schematic drawings for the district's high school expansion project.

Garrison Architects was hired to design the 600-student high school expansion the district plans to build onto the existing high school/middle school. The expansion project could eventually go to voters in the form of a bond referendum, school district officials said.

The district unveiled plans in May to build an expansion to house a new high school, which officials say is necessary to meet the needs of Clayton's growing student enrollment. Business Administrator Howie O'Neil said the school board interviewed four architectural firms over the past month.

"The board just felt (Garrison) was a good fit for this school district," said O'Neil. He noted the company has worked on several other school projects in Gloucester County, including the Washington Township High School expansion project. The Washington Township project included a 2,500-seat auditorium known as the Commerce Bank South Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Once the schematics are complete and have received the necessary local and state approvals, the district plans to go out for a bond referendum. O'Neil could not provide a timeline at this point.


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